The Norman Transcript

July 26, 2013

Procrastination causes problems

By Karl Burkhardt
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Procrastination. We have all been guilty of it once in a while. A personal issue or a character trait comes along that needs to be addressed or needs to be corrected, and we think “I’ll get to that later” or “maybe tomorrow” or “I really don’t want to deal with that right now.”

And often we find that when we finally get around to dealing with it, our issue or problem has grown a little. Inevitably we find that our original headache has now become a major problem.

Our little “snafus” in relationships with God or others become heart breakers. We get bogged down attempting to cope with the things we originally thought we would have time for.

And, at times, we become trapped — working on those things today that should already have been taken care of long ago — and leaving until a later day those things we should be dealing with today.

Such was the case for Esther and Mordecai. They found themselves in a foreign culture, up against a hostile enemy in the form of Haman the Agagite. See, Haman had persuaded the king at the time to pass a law that would lead to the annihilation of all the Jews living in captivity in the realm. I know, you’re scratching your head wondering what exactly this has to do with procrastination.

Look at Haman’s ancestry. He was an Agagite. King Saul was ordered by God more than 500 years previously to completely destroy the Amalekites — every man, woman and child. But King Saul disobeyed God and spared the lives of the king of the Amalekites, Agag, and his family.

Nathan the prophet entered Saul’s court and drew Saul’s sword and struck down King Agag. But not all of the descendants of Agag were eliminated.

Now, some 500 years later, one of Agag’s descendants was in a position to exact revenge on the Jews. Think about something for a moment. If Saul had obeyed God and done exactly what he was ordered to do, the story of Esther may never have had to have been written. Esther and Mordecai were forced to “clean up” a mess that Saul left behind.

When one sits and looks into the mirror of God’s word, the truth of what we should — and must — face is evident.

But sometimes we don’t like what we have been confronted with in ourselves. So we think, “I’ll deal with that later” or “Thanks for the heads up, God, I’ll catch you tomorrow in our devotional time.”

And quite often, by the time we get around to eradicating this little inner problem we have, it’s become much bigger than it appeared at first.

What are you struggling with today that could have been taken care of long ago? And what are you facing today that you are tempted to put off until tomorrow?

Wouldn’t it be a little easier to go to God and take care of those things once and for all? Anyone up for procrastination?